For a while, I was teaching kids’ yoga to the children at my daughters’ school. It was such a blessing to share time with these kids. I learned so much from them every week. We did yoga, played games, discussed life virtues, and I usually had them each take a turn introducing a new pose to the class.
The children’s ages ranged from two and a half to 11 years old and it always amazed me how awake, alive, and connected these children were. To be honest, adults could stand to learn a ton from them.
One day, this gorgeous little boy named Griffin got up and said, “My pose today is called back-floating.” He then laid down on the mat in Savasana (Corpse Pose) which is the traditional way to end any yoga class. My eyes filled with tears as I realized in that moment how incredible this really was.
Now, you may be thinking… “What’s the big deal?”, so let me shed some light on this.
First off, Savasana is the most important pose in yoga. It’s performed at the end of the class so all the work you do during class can settle into the cells and literally rejuvenate the body. It’s also the most difficult pose because if you move a muscle or think a thought you have lost the pose.
Griffin just plopped down and did it—eyes closed, arms at his sides, completely relaxed. And he waited there until everyone else did the pose with him. He didn’t look around, he didn’t move a muscle. He just trusted that everyone would follow his lead, and they did. I compare this to adults I witness having a hard time lying there for five minutes and can’t help but marvel at how it just comes naturally to these kids.
Secondly, it made me really think about this pose as “backfloating” instead of Corpse Pose for a moment. In back-floating, we can imagine we are literally floating on our back near the shore of a lake or river. We are completely supported by the water—we have nothing to fear. We trust that the water will support us—there’s no question about it. We don’t ask why we float, or how we float, we just DO.
If we dig just a little deeper, we can imagine the entire Universe supporting us in this way. I mean, if a current of water that flows effortlessly, connected to the Earth can support us… of course, this is just representative of the Universe supporting us, right?
And then I began to think about how as humans we usually fight that current or Universal support. We tread water, we dog-paddle, we swim ferociously… we do everything but just float with no worries.
And then I thought about how this wonderful little spiritual being just woke me up again. He reminded me of the power in truly trusting the Universe. Somewhere along the way we were taught that we have to do all this really hard work to make things happen, but if we just simply back-floated, everything would turn out just fine!
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